Two hundred years of history in under three hours! Travel through Downtown Columbus to hear stories of national significance, international intrigue and local history and lore.

 

Public City Tours

2017 Columbus Historical Society City Tours

Discover the past, present and what's in store for the future of our great city. Join the Columbus Historical Society on our 2017 Columbus City Tour Series.

Travel through Downtown with its historical centerpiece, the Ohio Statehouse, and the new Columbus Commons; the Short North Arts District; GermanVillage; the Arena district; Olde Towne East; the Discovery District; Franklin Park and much more. Listen to stories of national significance, international intrigue and local history and lore.

You will discover over 200 years of Columbus history in its landmarks, the growth of its many cultural venues and visions for the future on this 2.5 hour tour.

Cost: $30 per person, $28 for senior citizens, $25 for members of the Columbus Historical Society (unlimited ticket purchases for members). Registration and payment in advance are required.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Tours departs from and returns to 719 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222.

Please plan to arrive at 9:30 am.

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October 28

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Specialty Public Tours

Thurber Bus Tour-October 14

Thurberville author and Columbus Historical Society board member Bob Hunter narrates a bus tour of the city that author James Thurber knew as his hometown, taking participants on a tour of places where the famous humorist lived, went to school, worked and played, during the time he lived in the city from 1894 until he 1924 and when he visited his family here afterwards.  

Cost: $30 per person, $28 for senior citizens, $25 for members of the Columbus Historical Society (unlimited ticket purchases for members). Registration and payment in advance are required.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Tours departs from and returns to 719 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222.

Please arrive at 9:30 am.

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PRIVATE CITY TOURS

Interested in booking your own private history tour? Please contact us via the form below or call our office at 614-224-0822. Please allow a minimum of four weeks for private tour bookings.

All tours depart and return to the Columbus Historical Society at 719 West Town Street (map). Alternative pickup and drop off can be arranged as well as special stops (additional rates may apply).

Fully handicapped accessible. Please notify when booking if needed.
Normal parking rates at COSI apply.

For nearly 40 years I have lived in Columbus and pride myself in being knowledgeable about my city, but the Columbus Historical Society bus tour was an eye-opener! What a treat and surprise to see aspects of the city with new eyes and from a historic perspective! It was a refreshing, enjoyable and informative tour that everyone in Columbus should take at least once!
— Jane Scott, President & CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Club
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